Since the establishment of the GHD Program in 2012, students have spent the summer between their two years of study working as interns at overseas field sites for 10-12 weeks with a variety of development organizations, including NGOs, aid agencies, development consulting firms, social enterprises, multinational corporations, and foundations. Students have been with host agencies in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East.
Summer field projects are an essential feature of the Global Human Development Program, and are supported by students’ regular coursework. For example, the core course “Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects and Programs”, which all students will take in the second semester of their first year, is designed to prepare the students for their summer projects. In the fall semester of their second year, posters summarizing summer field projects are the first required assignment in the “Management Analysis & Practice” course, and student experiences provide a basis for discussion on the management and leadership challenges that development practitioners encounter during their professional careers. Students are also able to draw upon their summer field experience in papers and reports submitted for other courses, potentially including the Capstone project that is a core requirement for the GHD Masters degree. Funding for travel expenses and a modest stipend are provided by the GHD Program, or in certain instances by host agencies where the students are placed for the summer. Safety and security protocols for travel and arrangements are coordinated with OGS.
Previous Field Project Locations
I have now been in Zambia for almost two months and I feel very well acclimated to the lifestyle this country brings. I have made great connections to my coworkers as well as established my routine as a Lusakan resident. I am now considered a permanent fixture in the office and am incorporated in meetings and events as any other employee.
GHD’s Anna Khandros shares how her summer experience with Save the Children in Lebanon helped her learn more about the work being done to support Syrian refugees.
President’s Delivery Unit and the Ministry of Agriculture with the Tony Blair Institute – Erin Collins, GHD’19
I am writing this from the north of Togo where I have spent the past few days in the field accompanying a team to meet with farmers and local authorities about a new government program, Le Mecanisme Incitatif de Financement Agricole (MIFA).